Nursing Program

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Nursing Admission

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) offers a two-year, professional Nursing program, leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in Nursing (AAS.NUR). Learning is facilitated through classroom activities, nursing practice labs and clinical experiences in community healthcare facilities. Upon successful completion of the RCBC AAS Nursing program, graduates meeting the NJ Board of Nursing requirements are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

To apply for the Nursing program, complete an online application during the designated period:

Nov. 1 – Jan. 31 for fall admission, decision will be emailed no later than April 15.

May 1- July 31 for spring admission, decision will be emailed no later than Sept. 15.

All documents (i.e. high school transcripts, prior college coursework transcripts, foreign transcript evaluations/translations, and letters from previous nursing program) must be sent prior to submitting your nursing application to:

Office of Admissions
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Students who applied to the college and have taken the placement exam, or are current students at the college, should meet with a counselor or advisor. Requirements for admissions into the Nursing program include:

  • High School diploma or high school equivalency diploma (formally the GED).
  • High school-level algebra, biology and chemistry with labs or equivalent college coursework with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Completion of all remedial work as determined by the placement exam.
  • Cumulative GPA inclusive of all institutions previously attended of at least a 2.5; however, students with highest GPAs are admitted above those with lower GPAs.
  • TOEFL within two years of admission for students educated outside the United States. Studentswith college credits in the United State including English Composition I and II are not required to take the TOEFL. Required Internet-based scores for TOEFL are (iBT): Reading 22, Listening 22, Speaking 26, and Writing 25. TOEFL scores must be submitted with application

Admission to the Nursing program is highly competitive, consideration is based on a rubric. Applicants will be evaluated based on the performance of the general requirements for the program. The most qualified applicants will earn the highest number of points based on the rubric below. Applicants will be ranked according to points scored and admitted according to space available, which will vary by term.

Example of Highly Qualified Applicant:

  • Student has 0 failures or repeats of required courses.
  • Student does not have any grades below a C.
    • If student has a grade below a C, they would need to re-take the course and replace the failure with a passing grade. Students with non-repeated courses below C on transcript will not be admitted.
  Points 3.5 Points 4 Points 4.5 Points 5 Points -2 points for repeated courses
Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 and labs
Microbiology and lab
C
3 points per course
C+
3.5 points per course
B
4 points per course
B+
4.5 points per course
A
5 points per course
-2 points for repeated courses
  • English Comp 1 (ENG 101)
  • English Comp 2 (ENG 102)
  • Psychology, Human Development,
    Sociology, Statistics, Nutrition*,
    Philosophy
C
3 points per course
C+
3.5 points per course
B
4 points per course
B+
4.5 points per course
A
5 points per course
-2 points for repeated courses
Prior nursing program** N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Previously failed nursing course**

* NUR 220 Nutrition in Nursing and Healthcare (taught by registered dietician) CHE 210 - if taken within the last two years (Spring 2015-Fall 2016) will be accepted. Transfer of Nutrition courses requires proof that the course was taught by a registered Dietician.

** Any student previously in another nursing program must submit a letter from their prior program director indicating:

  1. They would be eligible to return;
  2. They did not fail due to any clinical related incidents. Students who have failed two nursing courses at a prior school will be evaluated separately and cannot be guaranteed admission.
    Student must have program director email letter to nursing@rcbc.edu from school official email address.

Transfer of nursing course policy:
Students may transfer in the following nursing courses with a grade of B or better:

  • NUR 130/131/132 Fundamentals
  • NUR 140 Nursing care of the childbearing family (maternity)
  • NUR 240 Care of patients with mental health alterations
  • Completion of all general education courses
  • Completion of all courses for the 3+1 BSN degree at the 100 and 200 level courses

Students should refer to college policies on:

  • Number of credits that can be transferred to college for a degree
  • Number of credits that must be completed at RCBC for a degree

Out-of-county students are evaluated in the same way as in-county students.

Admitted students must be CPR certified through the American Heart Association (Health Care Providers/BLS), complete a satisfactory physical examination indicating they can perform the rigorous program activities, maintain malpractice/liability insurance and personal health insurance throughout the program and undergo a criminal history background check and a drug screen. Nursing students are responsible for their own transportation to clinical sites.

Educational mobility for LPNs is facilitated through an LPN bridge course, NUR 118, which will run each fall and spring term as needed. Nursing graduates may transfer their credits toward a baccalaureate degree in Nursing at various colleges, including the 3+1 program with Rowan University.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Apply critical thinking skills to guide decisions regarding nursing practice for individuals and groups within a complex health care delivery system.
  2. Adapt therapeutic interventions to assist individuals and groups in the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health. 
  3. Apply professional standards and cultural concepts in planning the care of patients with complex healthcare alterations.
  4. Evaluate therapeutic communication strategies when caring for individuals and groups of patients with complex healthcare alterations.
  5. Synthesize evidence-based research as it applies to the care of patients with complex healthcare alterations.
  6. Demonstrate incorporation of professional nursing standards of practice and commitment to professional development into personal nursing practice.